ZURICH, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Interxion: A Digital Realty Company (NYSE: DLR) and a leading European provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral colocation data centre solutions, announced today it has begun construction on a major expansion project in Zurich. The new facility will be developed in three phases and is expected to support the delivery of over 11,000 square metres of total equipped space and 24 megawatts of customer capacity when fully built out. The first phase is expected to provide approximately 2,900 square metres and is scheduled to open by mid-year 2022.
The expansion is adjacent to the existing ZUR1 and ZUR2 facilities on the Interxion Zurich Campus, the leading cloud and interconnection hub in Switzerland. The new development project will benefit from the same high levels of network connectivity available at the existing data centres on the Zurich campus, and represents a strategic expansion of PlatformDIGITAL® in Switzerland. Customers can deploy their critical infrastructure in a thriving community of connectivity providers, platforms and enterprises that has been cultivated over the past 20 years, and will also be able to leverage Digital Realty's global platform spanning 24 countries across six continents.
"Our Zurich expansion marks an important milestone on our global platform roadmap and demonstrates our commitment to supporting customers' digital transformation strategies and enabling their future growth on PlatformDIGITAL®," said Digital Realty Chief Executive Officer A. William Stein. "This growth reflects the demand we're seeing in Zurich and across Europe, as the continent plays a prominent and growing role as an enterprise data superpower."
ZUR3 is expected be part of the new sustainable district heating project in the municipalities of Opfikon and Rümlang, using heat generated by the data centre to warm local households. The data centre is expected to contribute significant excess heat to the local district's heating project in the EnergieVerbund Airport City region of Zurich. This initiative supports Digital Realty's commitment to join the science-based targets initiative for climate reduction announced earlier this year.
"The expansion of our Zurich campus enables Interxion to offer Swiss and international companies the highly connected data centre capacity they need as they roll out their hybrid IT infrastructure by combining leading cloud services, global connectivity and Interxion's colocation solutions," said Hans Jörg Denzler, Switzerland Managing Director, Interxion: A Digital Realty Company. "We are pleased to support local and global service providers with additional data centre capacity to seamlessly expand their services in the region via PlatformDIGITAL®."
Data Gravity intensity for the EMEA region is expected to more than double each year by 2024 and is projected to grow at a faster rate than either North America or Asia Pacific, according to Digital Realty's recently published Data Gravity Index DGx™, a global forecast that measures the intensity and gravitational force of enterprise data growth for metros across the world.1 Digital Realty recently announced plans to significantly extend the geographic scope of the Data Gravity Index to cover more than 50 global metros and over 20 distinct industries.
"We continue to experience solid demand across our pan-European footprint," said David Ruberg, Chief Executive, EMEA. "Zurich is a strategic digital hub and provides an ideal location for customers to consolidate their digital infrastructure and overcome the growth challenges posed by data gravity. ZUR3 meets the requirements of both our local and global multinational enterprise customers, providing access to dense network connectivity, available power and interconnectivity with other strategic European locations, and will keep us at the forefront of the opportunity in Switzerland."
About Interxion: A Digital Realty Company
Interxion: A Digital Realty Company is a leading provider of carrier- and cloud-neutral data centre solutions across EMEA. With more than 700 connectivity providers in over 100 data centres across 13 European countries, Interxion provides communities of connectivity, cloud and content hubs. As part of Digital Realty, customers now have access to 49 metros across six continents. For more information, please visit www.interxion.com.
About Digital Realty
Digital Realty supports the world's leading enterprises and service providers by delivering the full spectrum of data centre, colocation and interconnection solutions. PlatformDIGITAL®, the company's global data centre platform, provides customers a trusted foundation and proven Pervasive Datacentre Architecture PDx™ solution methodology for scaling digital business and efficiently managing data gravity challenges. Digital Realty's global data centre footprint gives customers access to the connected communities that matter to them with more than 280 facilities in 49 metros across 24 countries on six continents. To learn more about Digital Realty, please visit digitalrealty.com or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially, including statements related to Interxion's expansion in Zurich, including our expectations and plans for the Swiss market, Data Gravity Index DGx™ and PlatformDIGITAL®. For a list and description of such risks and uncertainties, see the company's reports and other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
1 Based on 21 global metros studied in the Data Gravity Index DGx™ 1.0 study
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